There are two groups of Remote Access Servers. Both of them are unix-based servers which can be connected to via SecureCRT, Cygwin, ssh, PuTTY, WinSCP, FileZilla, etc.
There is one group of servers which are available to all students, staff and faculty to use. You can use your RCS userid and password for authentication to these servers. That is the same userid and password that would be used for email at RPI. One popular use for these machines is to upload static web pages which can be viewed under each person's home directory via the web server named homepages.rpi.edu. There are also some programming languages available on these servers. Currently they are running Redhat Enterprise Release 7.
There are two hostname rotaries that can be used to connect you to any one of the available RCS remote access servers:
Sometimes you may wish to connect to some specific RCS server. The individual RCS remote access server hostnames are:
Note that if anyone connecting to these machines from off-campus will first have to authenticate to one of the campus VPN's (most people will use vpn.net.rpi.edu).
The second group of servers is run by Rensselaer's Computer Science department. If you have an account with the CS department, then you can use their remote machines at:
For the most up-to-date information about these servers, please refer to the Computer Science department's Lab Manual page.